1917 - 2012
Edward Joseph Jones, who lived in Walla Walla since 1948, passed away Dec. 15, 2012, at the age of 95.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Martina “Tina”; his children and their spouses, Harlan (Carol), Glenn (Candy), Marianne (Randy) Allessio and Karen (Jeff) Winter; grandchildren, Aaron, Andrea, Jayme, Jeremy, Kati and Wayne; great-grandchildren, Bailey, Carson, Justus, Morgan and Riley; and all their families. He was preceded in death by his older sister, Lillian “Noni”, in 1986.
Ed was born Nov. 19, 1917, in Maquon, Ill., the second child of Stephen Raymond “Ray” and Mary (Bash) Jones. The family moved to Rock Island, Ill., in 1924.
In 1937, he became a civilian draftsman with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He transferred to Portland, Ore., in 1939. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy Seabees. He trained with the 94th Naval Construction Battalion in Rhode Island and New York. His unit was transported by ship to Pearl Harbor to construct military facilities. He later flew to Guam with the 5th Naval Construction Brigade for more Seabees construction.
After the war, he returned to the Corps in Portland. In 1946, he transferred to Anchorage, Alaska, as head of the General Drafting Unit there. He recalled fondly that Anchorage then had few paved streets and fewer than 20,000 people. He met Tina in 1947, and they married in January 1948.
Ed accepted a professional position with the Corps’ Walla Walla office later in 1948. He helped design hydroelectric projects on the Columbia and Snake rivers and tributaries until his retirement after 38 years of service. He and Tina raised their four children and happily presided over a growing family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren who are now spread out in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Ed was an active (and good) league bowler for many years. He played competitive handball and racquetball, mostly at the YMCA, well into his 80s. He was active in several parent-teacher organizations, the Hi-Steppers square dance club, the Elks (where he was a regular Snooker player), and the Walla Walla Symphonic Choir. He and Tina enjoyed travel with friends, family and fellow Hi-Steppers, including numerous visits to Tina’s family (the Hoinowski clan in Michigan), two world’s fairs (Seattle and Vancouver, Canada), cruises in the Caribbean and Alaska, Hawaii (twice), Mexico (four times), Florida (several times), San Antonio, San Diego, Las Vegas and Reno (several times), the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, and often to the Washington and Oregon coasts.
At his request, there will be a family gathering but no funeral. Arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.